Eastern Europe Explorer Overview

Travel from beautiful Budapest to iconic Istanbul. Venture through the baroque town of Eger, visit the black church of Brasov, feast on local dishes in Bansko and meander through the world’s biggest undercover market, the Grand Bazaar.

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      USD $2,664
      CAD $2,749
      AUD $2,695
      EUR €1,854
      GBP £1,557
      NZD $3,001
      ZAR R26,982
      CHF FR2,245
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  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Tour from bustling Budapest to Turkey’s picturesque capital, Istanbul

Be mesmerised by the magic of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey on this explorer tour through the best and most beautiful regions of Eastern Europe. Explore the captivating capitals of Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia and Istanbul. Sample culinary delights with local folk in Viscri, be inspired by the traditional craft workshops in Plovdiv, hear enthralling myths from Transylvania and visit the quaint town of Bansko, snug at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. This is a journey full of culture and history, of mosques and monuments, markets and museums, tantalising towns and charming cities.

  • Explore the grand boulevards of Budapest
  • Hear haunting myths and enchanting tales in medieval Sighisoara
  • Dine with a local family in Viscri
  • Enjoy the nightlife in Sofia
  • Visit the mountain village of Gorno Draglishte
  • Go market mad in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Budapest, Hungary
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    11 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (10 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt), Pension (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Metro, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train, Tram
  • Included activities:

    Bucharest - Guided walking tour, Eger - Wine tasting, Maramures - Guided tour, Plodiv - Guided tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    242kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1) A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.

  • Total price from

    USD $2,664
    CAD $2,749
    AUD $2,695
    EUR €1,854
    GBP £1,557
    NZD $3,001
    ZAR R26,982
    CHF FR2,245
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $156
    CAD $161
    AUD $158
    EUR €109
    GBP £91
    NZD $176
    ZAR R1,587
    CHF FR132
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About Bulgaria , Hungary , Romania , Turkey

Eastern Europe Explorer Summary

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Days 1-2 Budapest

Budapest's grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of Europe's truly great cities.

Day 3 Eger

Home to some of the most famous vineyards in Eastern Europe, the beautifully preserved Baroque town of Eger is also famous for its impressive 13th-century castle.

Days 4-5 Maramures

Rich in tradition, folklore and ancient superstitions that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, the region of Maramures is a land that seems frozen in time.

Day 6 Sighisoara

Set in the mystical and enchanting region of Transylvania, the medieval masterpiece of Sighisoara effortlessly conjures images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires.

Day 7 Viscri

Best known for its heavily fortified medieval church, the charming village of Viscri offers a great opportunity to get in touch with the local Roma community.

Day 8 Brasov

The city of Brasov was once a major medieval trading centre and today its gothic Black Church and ornate building are still protected by massive city walls.

Days 9-11 Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania's beautiful capital city, likes big things. It's home to one of Europe's biggest squares and its enormous Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world.

Day 12 Sofia

Bulgaria's cosmopolitan capital, Sofia is loaded with wide tree-lined boulevards, pleasant parks and striking buildings including the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church.

Day 13 Gorno Draglishte

The small mountain village of Gorno Draglishte is home to a delightful community of warm and welcoming people, a rich cultural heritage and delicious home-cooked food.

Day 14 Bansko

Set at the foot of the majestic Pirin Mountains, many of Bansko's stone houses have been transformed into charming 'mehanes' (taverns) where visitors can indulge in some local cuisine.

Day 15 Plovdiv

Once the meeting point of two ancient transportation routes, Plovdiv is a picturesque city with a fascinating collection of traditional workshops, baroque houses and ancient Roman ruins.

Days 16-17 Istanbul

Cross the border into Turkey and drive the remaining distance to Istanbul. With a population of 14 million inhabitants and nearly 3,000 mosques, no amount of time here is ever enough to come to terms with this mesmerising ancient capital. Our journey ends on the morning of our second day here, so it's well worth staying on for a few extra days if time allows.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,664
      CAD $2,749
      AUD $2,695
      EUR €1,854
      GBP £1,557
      NZD $3,001
      ZAR R26,982
      CHF FR2,245
      *
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